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thank you. >> president chiu: next speaker. good afternoon. i am aja. my supervisor is sitting over there, supervisor kim, doing a great job in the community. i also came to talk about sheriff ross mirkarimi too. i was reading the newspaper about the morning -- until after the election. i don't think you should wait until after the election. i've been knowing ross since -- i think before when helen ann was running for district attorney, i worked with him on that campaign. it was a bunch of buffoonery. i didn't get to see the ethics commission thing because i don't think that you should decide if he gets out of office, and i don't think the mayor should
decide if he gets out of office. i think you should put it up to a vote, to the community, that elected him. i know i voted for him because i believe in the man. but if he committed a crime of any sort, he should be put out of office. he really should. if he's committed a crime. so, you know, i feel sorry for you all having to decide on that because i wouldn't want to do it. but i think it should be put back to the voters. if you have -- if you supposed to have faith in democracy and stuff it should be put back to the voters. thank you. >> president chiu: thanks. next speaker. go good afternoon. my name is tammy brian, i work and live in district 5 and i raised three children in the western division, we've all lost more than one friend to homicide. i'm here today because i'm on annual leave.
i work for unemployment. i adjudicate eligibility for unemployment insurance based on the reason for separation. to deny insurance eligibility there has to be work related misconduct. if my determination is appealed it goes to a administrative law judge. the case with the sheriff, he did not commit official misconduct from my decade of adjudicating unemployment insurance. i do not expect you to vote on your vote to reflect whether or not you like him or agree with him and his politics even though the overwhelming majority of san franciscans support him and support reinstating him that's not a reason to vote for reinstatement. many of my neighbors in the western division are mortified that their vote has been stolen from them by mayor ed lee. people who voted for lee are furious with him. your vote is solely based on whether or not he committed misconduct and it only bolsters my contention he did not.
i implore you base your decision on the evidence and find no misconduct occurred. i feel it was the mayor who did not evacuate the public with a bomb threat. this was on city property and directly related to his official duty as mayor. that is where our effort should be focused. i would like to close with a quote from the attorney from the fog city journal and let you know -- [speaking spanish] -- if you look at this as a lawyer, you have to come down to the fact that this crime that he pled to a low level misdemorn does not constitute official misconduct within the meaning of the city charter. sometimes doing the right thing isn't the popular thing and the supervisor needs to do the right thing and not be afraid of their political life. thank you. >> president chiu: thanks. next speaker. >> overhead please. >> president chiu: sfgov-tv?
there it is. if we could switch the the microphone. >> this is fine. i can see the time, how it runs out. on the other side, i can't. in a few days we're going to have another anniversary. occupy wall street started mid-september. kind of helped define the 1%, 99%, what we have. our san francisco, that's our version up there. where have they gone, you know, but at least they left us the distribution of wealth issue. and i thank them for that. they're a ragtag little bunch left out at the bottom still in san francisco. where is the 1%? oddly we talked about it here all last week. they're across the street at -- # washington. they want to super-size their height, super-size their
profits. they want 400 units between two and 8 million, the 1%. so instead why don't we come up with a different community living arrangement. why don't we come up with a mixed use, where there's one-third condos, one-third cost of living apartments, one-third affordable housing, 10% section eight. we can come up with a designs on the interior that can actually help a community be formed in the building. first change with something like that, the condo's prices are going down because they're not paying a premium for exclusivity. the second change is all the other exclusive condos in the city will have a boost because people will pay for the premium of exclusivity. now we have chance to live with policemen, firemen and nurses. it's an election year. we need a few good heroes.
thank you. >> president chiu: thank you. next speaker. go good afternoon. my name is ras ario cervantes, i live in district 11. i like heroes too. democracy gives us a choice, it doesn't take it away. i wear this button to stand with ross because i believe he is our sheriff and we should have him back, doing the work that there's so much to be done, there's so much homicides going on, there is groups here, ross works with all these groups, especially the healing circle, maddie scott, and -- brown, it seems none of the homicides are solved and we need him back to work. to remove him without pay there is no justification for it. i'm asking you to make the right choice, vote with your conscience and have ross back as our sheriff. thank you.
>> president chiu: good afternoon. peter warfield, speaking as an individual. i'd like to draw attention to the completely unequal treatment that goes on in san francisco. with respect to certain forms of justice. if you are the appointee of the mayor, everything is overlooked. as in the case of the library commission president, who was found by the ethics commission to the -- having committed misconduct and should be sacked. the mayor's grossly unequal treatment shown in these two cases should be an issue with you, the supervisors, and with
all san franciscans. i'm also executive director of library users association, and wanted it give an update on the bernal heights library branch mural which is a mural featuring victor -- and the history of bernal heights neighborhood. that mural is scheduled for destruction now in a very few weeks, unless you or the mayor take some action to prevent it. we are having an event at the library this weekend, and i urge folks to come. details are available from us at library users, 2004 at yahoo.com. thank you very much. >> president chiu: next speaker.
>> they gave me a notice and said i'm permanently evict from the press room. but i had a meeting with the real estate people there and i think they're going to rescind that. but my question is still today, who, who, who, who's in control, right here in san francisco. you know, i've been in some 20 years and been through five administrations. i never seen such display of corruptness, not blaming all of you. i've never seen so much --
conspiracy going on in one town here. it's hard to see. the world is looking at the major elections but i'm going to do something gold and step out, go beyond city hall, ask federal government to come in and take a look at city hall, see how it's structured here. i know the mayor's supposed to be the boss but my question is, who, who, who, who's in control, right here in san francisco. >> i'm here was an african-american black negro, standing in front of you, i'm the self appointed zar, and the department heads, even this board of supervisors will be dealing with me for the duration for the next 10 years. we've been having studies on this and studies this. let's study the projection of where the black man will be in 17 years. do a study on that. that will show you the conspiracy going on before most of you all took over these seats, maybe before you were
born. the thing is there ain't no history. i'm checking the history. urs truly, ace is on the case. >> president chiu: are there any other members of the public that wish to speak in general public comment? public comment is now closed. madam clerk, could you please read our adoption consulted. >> angela calvillo: 2 through 26 are being considered for adoption without committee reference. these items will be acted upon by a single roll call vote. if a member would like to discuss a item it will be discussed. >> president chiu: would anyone like to sever these items? >> angela calvillo: items 2 through 26, farrell, aye. supervisor kim, aye. supervisor mar, aye. supervisor olague, aye. supervisor wiener, aye. supervisor avalos, aye. supervisor campos, aye. president chiu, aye. supervisor chu, aye. supervisor cohen, aye. supervisor elsbernd, aye.
there are 11 ayes. >> president chiu: the resolutions are adopted. madam clerk, could you read the in in memoriam ums. yes ngeddle cle. today's meeting will be adjourned on behalf of supervisor farrell for the late mr. chuck huggins, on behalf of supervisor carmen chu for the late ms. norah patricia spears, and celia rodriguez. on behalf of president chiu for the late author t to author fobe late -- and on behalf of supervisor olague and supervisor cohen for the late mr. james mccray sr. >> president chiu: i there any more business in front of the body? >> angela calvillo: that concludes our business for the day. >> president chiu: ladies and gentlemen, we are adjourned.
she has to be reminded. -- would you tell that to anita? i congratulate you and thank you for coming to san francisco. hopefully you also become a disaster --- we would be glad te to open up our minds and communities to receive ideas from across the country, if not the world as to how we can improve it. it never is about what just san francisco is doing. a lot of our ideas are homegrown. the ideas are transplanted and
that is the greatness of our city. we're an international city. we want to show what ideas are coming out of the far east, china, malaysia, the philippines, singapore as well as all over from europe. perhaps from africa and south america. we can learn from that just as we have done with concepts like sunday streets where people take back the streets and start having fun in our urban communities and bringing out the children to enjoy the environment. this is our future generations so we have to have the best ideas. how to keep our environment and our strong. i want to tell you that there are a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for keeping our city grain trade we have at least three different projects that we have been focused on for a number of years. i have had the privilege with
working with mohammed and our city engineers to accomplish this. most importantly with our community leaders and volunteers throughout every part of our neighborhoods. i hope that you do you is your time and take advantage of our wonderful weather to go out and do as many doors as possible of all the -- tours as possible of all the community gardens. we have a committee challenge program, one that i am proud to have headed up when we were at public works but also the city administrator. this program today funds almost $900,000 this year in programs that are all committee pushed. it is attacks checkoff for corporations and individuals. the fund this through the tax system to provide almost $1 million every year and is put
into a community-driven process where community leaders will apply on behalf of themselves or their own streets or gardens and they can get grants of up to $100,000 or as small as $5,000. they could be groups that have never done anything except to start talking to each other about how to increase their neighborhoods's interest in reading and the environment. we have associated ourselves with the parks alliance and the clean city coalition to provide administrative support to any group that forms. as well as those groups that have school -- school themselves and gotten well organized and know what they're doing in their communities and want to increase their gardens. there will be gardens and a small ones, a few hundred square feet to those that are thousands
of square feet large. i am taking over -- and taking over alleyways and the median strips, taking over long- abandoned areas and blighted areas. community groups and volunteers will form those alliances most of the time in concert with either dpw or our public utilities commission or our parks, recreation and parks department and we're open to those kinds of collaborations'. the committee challenge grant is an excellent model. without anybody's knowledge, i still call the director and say what is going on. dpw tried to keep out of their business. now our city [inaudible]
i am reaching in to find out, what are those great things the neighbor rwanda to do and i would like to go out there and visit them. i signed off last year in 2011 the urban agriculture " ordinance. the ordinance for us was another reflection of city policy with the board of supervisors that we wanted to increase the opportunities for folks to grow crops. to grow agriculture, to be able to sell it if they so wish to to so we could have folks that already have that experience, but not necessarily at the corporate level. our urban agriculture is important to us. we have identified a number of abandoned lots all over the city and we would love to again excite volunteers and people who are interested in urban agriculture and the ability to distribute fresh produce to people who are in need.
allow that to happen, working with our school district to see what can happen on their lots so the urban agriculture ordinance is something that you might want to take a look at. and finally, with our recreation and park department, the community gardens program, another broad program we have. taking lots, whether they are a few hundred square feet or thousands of square feet and activating them and hosting volunteers to be able to build community gardens. we now have 35 and growing established community gardens in the city. and again, all run by volunteers. some of them that our individual lots and individuals will grow in them and there are lots that are shared responsibilities and shared neighborhood responsibilities to grow crops and to grow agriculture there for not only eating purposes or flowers or
any of the things that individuals wish to have. and they are happening in our golden gate park as well as in our neighborhood parks. we're excited that you hopefully, you can see those as well. those are three small examples of hopefully things that you can visit while you are here. i understand you are going through my home time, seattle next year -- my home town. seattle next. i was born and raised there. and of course, if that is not enough for you to do while you are here, you should talk to mohammed about getting tickets to the giants, the 49ers, or outside because that is -- outside plans because that is happening this weekend. that is the fun we have in our great city. we are a large city. i get to talk and write about the things we're doing, and i
want you to know that the internment -- and permit, our commitment to greening are parts of what we're here to do because of the advocacy that you do across the country, keep of that work, keep reminding mayors like me and everybody else we have an obligation to take the greening ideas and put them into the urban setting. give our kids the chance to get dirty with their hands, but watch things grow as they grow. this is the only way i know how to run the city. i have worked in this alleyways for many years. worked in the dirtiest smelling streets of our city. i come out loving our people even greater. whenever graffiti we have is our challenge. whenever illegal dumping that
goes on. it is the ability to excite and organize our communities around these issues that bring out the best of all of us. the investment in our neighborhoods is one of my number one priorities as the mayor of the city. and to have example after example of how we can unite more of our neighborhoods to make that investment, too. not just with money but with their skill sets. with their spirit. -- spirit of volunteerism. every other thing we can do to build strong communities. i know the guard association has as its core our own collaboration and education of folks to build that spirit out. and that spirit, the collaboration, that volunteerism will push us in government to do the right policies and open up more government were to the
ideas that our neighborhoods have about building strong cities. thank you for being here. i want to thank all the sponsors from the hilton who is hosting as here to all the organizations, to our partners in ecology, the think tanks that help keep us going and give us better ideas around the country as how we can do it. today, we are 70% recycling, -- 78% recycling, the highest in the nation. i hope we will get 2 1/2% with your help. thank you very much. [applause] stupak
>> the renovation of balboa park, the oldest in the city of san francisco, and now it is the newest part in the city of san francisco. through our partnership, and because of public investment from the two thousand eight fund, we are celebrating a renewal and an awakening of this park. we have it safer, happier, more joyous. >> 3, 2, 1, [laughter] =--[applause]
>> it is a great resource for families, to have fun in the city, recreation. >> this is an amazing park. we have not revitalized it without public and private investment. the critical piece of the process of this renovation was that it was all about the community. we reached out to everyone in this community. we love this park dearly and they all had thoughts and ideas and they wanted to bring their own creativity and their personality to bear on the design. what you see is what the community wanted. these ideas all came from the residents of this community. as a result, there is a sense of ownership, pride and responsibility that goes along
with what is going to be an exciting park. >> this is really a great opportunity to express to you my appreciation for the america's cup, for deciding to come into san francisco to have this 34th race. the economic impact to the city is incredible. we estimate there will be $1 billion spent by everybody involved throughout the bay area as a result of this race. 8000 jobs have been this 34th race. , to hospitality, all the hotels, all the activities that you see around this waterway. it is an incredible infusion of economic activity for our bay
area. i am also very excited -- the world series races -- as you know, i got to be on the ac 45 vote last week. i just want to let you know, i just graduated from a tire tube to an ac 45. that was a wonderful experience. that was just on one boat by itself going at top-notch creatm construction speed, getting a good to experience the teamwork that happens. i can only imagine how the teams and 11 votes that will be in the races today will practice the rest of the week will have to coordinate a long haul of the balancing of the wind, the waves along the day when they are competing against each other. i am very happy to welcome all of you to the beginning of this race. it is expected to be an exciting part. i can feel it already. i think our audience, as you said, getting into the details
and the technology involved, along with the team work and the race itself, will be incredibly great for theppreciate. i want to think the organizing committee, particularly the racing committee and steve partly and ian murray for their wonderful collaboration with the city. they have been working with us for 18 months, negotiating from permits to the race to the details and with all the difference to the agency's credit to the coast guard and the safety of the racers themselves and the audiences along the water and waterfront. i also want to thank the rec and park commission president, head of the organizing committee, that is mark buell and carry mcclellan, for their excellent work for helping to lead the city side of it. and i want to thank, of course, all the racing teams that have made the decision to start